Internet Multicasting Service United Nations’ 50th Anniversary, Closing Ceremony San Francisco Opera House, 10 am, June 26, 1995
Fifty years ago, world leaders gathered in the San Francisco Opera House to sign the Charter of the United Nations. Today, U.S. President Clinton, Secretary General Boutros-Ghali, and Poet Maya Angelou commemorate the 1945 signing of this historic document.
This ceremony is a time to look back at the accomplishments of fifty years, but it also a time to look forward. The United Nations is a place of assembly, a place where the nations of the world can communicate with each other. The United channels of communications are essential to reach out to the widest possible audience in all kinds of channels for peace to prevail and for progress to continue.
At the invitation of the United Nations, today's closing ceremony was sent out as live audio and video using the multicast backbone, an advanced portion of the Internet. If you do not have access to the MBONE, do not despair as the Internet Multicasting Service is committed to the principle that these bits should be available in a multicultural, multiprotocol format suitable to the principle of world peace through better communications.
Procession of the Ambassadors. The Opera de Lyon Symphony, conducted by Kent Nagano plays a processional as 100 UN Ambassadors walk past the Charter and proceed to their seats.
Video Segment: Building the UN. The world conditions that caused the United Nations to be formed, the roles of Presidents Roosevelt and Truman and the importance of San Francisco in the formation of the United Nations.
Musical Interlude. The San Francisco Opera Artists and Chorus with soloists from the Opera Center and the Scarborough School Concert Choir from Canada with the Orchestra of the Opera de Lyon conducted by Kent Nagano.